Flashpoint Ukraine (8/8/22) Podcast

  • Zaporizhzhia Power Plant disaster warned of by Ukraine
  • There was an attack on the nuclear power plant by Russia. 
  • The Russians are, of course, blaming the Ukrainians for attacking their own power plant.
  • There is fighting going on around the plant and the Russians are running the plant.
  • There have been explosions near the exterior power line.  Some transformers were shut down.  There was shelling of parts of the plant.  Urgent repairs are needed.  6 August, Russians hitting site.
  • Apparently, they aimed directly at spent fuel tanks stored nears.  Radiation monitoring sensors were affected.
  • The Russians announced that they had mines near the plant and were prepared to blow it up.  The plant will be “either Russia’s or nobody’s.”  Ukraine has confirmed that the area is mined.
  • The ultimate goal is to disconnect the station from Ukraine’s power system and to start using the power for Crimea.  Technically, this is not easy, but it is possible.
  • Russian Offensive
  • Troops have been moved from Donbas to the south.  In Kherson and Zaporizhzhia you can see that the Russians are getting ready for offensive acts. 
  • There has been fighting in Melitopol.  Russian soldiers killed.
  • There is still a lot of shelling in the Donbas.
  • There has been an attack on the Odesa region launched from the Black Sea.
  • All of Odesa ports are functioning.  A vessel which left is headed toward Italy.  Another is going to the Netherlands. 
  • Amnesty International
  • Said that the Ukrainians were endangering civilians.  The head of Amnesty Ukraine office resigned over the accusation.
  • Amnesty says it stands by its report.
  • Anthony Blinken in Africa
  • Lavrov has just left defending Russia’s invasion. 

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